And when I published, it all went “Poof!” Let’s reconstruct, shall we?
This old red vest has stood the test of time and is quite the workhorse in my cool-season wardrobe. I also still wear a corduroy version. They are some of the few things still in my closet drafted with PMB. I’m really not surprised that garments created with Patternmaster are still around. I designed them, drafted them, and not surprisingly, they fit just right.
I know why I stopped using Patternmaster, but I’m not sorry I spent the time on it. Too bad I didn’t keep some of the old patterns I made.
Anyway… when I decided that the red fleece vest had to be replaced, I wanted a similar pattern but couldn’t find one with the same front and back yokes and princess seam shaping. Butterick 5957 seemed close enough in style, plus it had pockets and a collar. The collar is really tall, and if I didn’t have the longest neck of anyone I know, I’d shorten or eliminate it. It’s also fully lined–a good thing outdoors, though I may find myself stripping it off indoors.
I found a (bizarre, I soon discovered) fleece in “my” colors and set to work. The fleece has beautiful splotches of color with a horizontal pattern. What I didn’t realize was that the splotches didn’t repeat regularly, making it impossible to match them on the vest. I was able to match the pattern, so the finished vest looks much better than I feared it would.
Having Brunhilde around allowed me to get the fit very close to perfect–almost as good as my PMB version. I started by shortening it 1 inch above the waist, and raising the back neckline 1/4 inch. When it was partially sewn together, I found that the back from waist to shoulder was too wide for me. I altered the pattern and recut the back piece, achieving a wonderful fit back there.
The only remaining fit issue is a bit of armhole gaposis in front. I’ve narrowed the side piece at the armhole to fix that for next time.
The pattern tries hard to give you a vest that doesn’t show the lining at all. They provide armhole facings and construct the pocket so that you see only your outer fabric. My lining is a nice match for the fabric, so I dispensed with all that and lined it to the edge. I also changed the sewing order to eliminate all hand sewing.
All hand sewing.
There are few sewing tasks I dislike more than slip-stitching polyester lining. Just say “No.”